On the evening of Sept. 30, 1989, Neil Young was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. He played a new song from his 19th studio album, Freedom, which would be released on October 2. The song, “Rockin’ in the Free World,” was a raw and raucous performance like nothing SNL audiences had ever seen before. Tribal, neanderthal sonic goodness. The song was part social commentary and all rock ‘n’ roll.
Neil was backed by Charlie Drayton, Steve Jordan, and longtime sideman Frank “Poncho” Sampedro — a new band Young called Young, CS&P.
I cannot embed the clip, just the link (http://s182.photobucket.com/albums/x124/doobius/Videos/?action=view¤t=NeilYoung-SNL10-1989-KeepOnRockinInTheFreeWorld.mp4&newest=1), but I encourage you to visit the page.
20 years later, Neil was still rockin’ the free world (and I can embed this clip from his 2009 concert in London’s Hyde Park). http://youtu.be/doX6_GKAJ4E